August 3rd, 2010
01:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Another censure resolution for Lindsey Graham

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Sen. Lindsey Graham was censured by yet another GOP state county party Monday night."]Washington (CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who often finds himself out of step with the most conservative elements of his party, was censured by yet another GOP county party committee Monday night.

In recent months, Graham has been censured by GOP party committees in Lexington and Charleston counties. On Monday, the Greenville GOP Executive Committee passed a censure resolution by a vote of 61-2.

"THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Greenville County Republican Party hereby issues this formal rebuke of Senator Graham for his cooperation and support of President Obama and the Democratic Party's liberal agenda for the United States," the resolution reads.

The resolution says Graham will no longer be invited to participate in meetings or other events sponsored by the Greenville County Republican Party, and alleges Graham has "abandoned the Republican platform."

As evidence, the resolution cites Graham's votes in favor of TARP, his stance on immigration and his vote in favor of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Graham has said he will also vote for Elena Kagan, President Obama's second nominee to the high court.

"While some of our friends in Greenville may not want to meet with Senator Graham, his door will always be open to them. Senator Graham respects those who disagree with him, but he strongly believes we need to keep an open dialogue," Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop said Tuesday in a statement to CNN.

Bishop went on to note that two of the Greenville County GOP's policy complaints were supported by former President George W. Bush, and that the same party committee censured Graham in 2007.

"In this last session of Congress, Senator Graham has voted with the Republican leadership over 92 percent of the time. And according to the American Conservative Union, he has a 90 percent lifetime conservative voting record. As to his votes on TARP and his support for immigration reform, on both issues he was following the leadership of our Republican President George W. Bush," Bishop said.

In January, the Lexington County Republican Party's censured Graham for supporting the 2008 financial bailout and working towards a compromise on cap-and-trade legislation.

At the time, Graham defended his conservative credentials.

"I have tried my best to be a conservative that can grow and build this party," Graham said, according to The State newspaper. "They have no desire to do that – I do."

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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  1. DanL

    It is a crying shame that so many in the Republican/Tea Party have become so intolerant of actual thought and analysis that they feel compelled to condemn Senator Lindsey Graham who is as rock solid a conservative as there is. He just hasn't gone completely over to the Dark Side of the rigid radical right like nearly all the rest of elected Republican officials. He may be one of a handful of today's Republican office holders whom actual conservatives like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan could embrace. The rest of them are marching along the path of Big Lies and radical ideology toward the same sort of politics that brought Germany its 1930s leadership. Hopefully the voters will not be foolish to further enable the radical right whose policies destroyed our nation's economy, leaving it up to thinking Republicans like Lindsey Graham and thinking Democrats like Barack Obama to repair.

    August 3, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Doug

    Wow, I have a much better opinion of the Senator now.

    August 3, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Russ

    Wow..imagine that. The Repugnantcan Party has become so anti-American, so self-serving, hating this country so much that when one of their own actually tries to work with the president on this country's problems, he is censured by his own party.

    how's that for political freedom?
    how's that for working together on our problems?

    Repugnantcans show their true colors every day.

    August 3, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. geecee

    The GOP thinks Lindsay Graham is too liberal for them? So that makes it official – any politician wishing to call himself/herself a Republican has to be an ultra right-wing religious fundamentalist fascist nutjob, i.e. Taliban, to pass their inspection for inclusion in the Party of NO. Okay!!!

    August 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. afp

    More evidence that the Republican party is losing its way and caving to the Republican Tea Party fundamentalist fringe. Though I am not a total fan of all of Sen. Graham's opinions and perspectives – he represents more of what the Republican Party mainstream represents and is true to Reagan Conservatism (as I used to be till I became so disgusted with the fringe antics of the party). Sen. Graham... don't let the loons get you down!

    August 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. aaron from MN

    61-2! 61-2! America do you need any more proof that the Republican party refuses to work with Democrats. REFUSES! We need a legitimate 2nd party in this country. Get rid of the GOP so we can have a real open dialouge.

    $33 billion to help small business whic create 2 out of 3 jobs? No says the GOP!

    $35 billion is tax breaks to the oil companies who make $$$ billions every quarter? Sure says the GOP!

    August 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. ladybug

    And this is who the American people want to run our country; a Republican party of ignorance where there is no room for dissent and yet, they have not one new idea to solve the problems now facing America and Americans except tax cuts for the wealthy? November will not be as the media or any other naysayer thinks it will be. Wait for the rebuke of the outraged American voters at the ballot box in response to nonesense such as this. It is pathetic for grown men or women to behave this way, let alone elected officials.

    August 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Lori in St Pete

    What a bunch of crybabies!!!! Waahhhh, bad Senator, making nice with the President of the United States!!! Unfair!!! Who does he think he is??? Waaahhhh!!!

    Those who vote for the rethugliban need to have a psychological evaluation. Why on earth would anyone who isn't in the top 1% vote for the party that applauds sending their jobs overseas in gleefully anticipation of the day we become a third world nation of 99% slaves beholden to that top 1%.

    August 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Nothing more needs to be said to prove that the GOP has NO intention whatsoever of agreeing or working with Obama in any way on any issue..

    "THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Greenville County Republican Party hereby issues this formal rebuke of Senator Graham for his cooperation and support of President Obama and the Democratic Party's liberal agenda for the United States,"

    refudiation tightie righties???

    August 3, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. B.P. Oil Disaster Likened to Typical Sarah Palin Speech

    And here we thought Sarah Palin was punishment enough for the Republican Party.

    August 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Donnatella

    Lindsay should just pack his bags, they must have got their orders from Rush, this is why I could never be part of this party, they want to control people, while at the same time claim to be for freedom, yeah right!!!

    August 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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